TITLE: The Color Killer Cat 08/24/2020
By Deborah Garner
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The Color Killer Cat
I borrowed the catchy title for this essay, so I can't declare that the clever idea was mine. My grandson, the one with the storyteller gene, initially chose the title for his short story school assignment, so the credit and copyright belong to him.
The premise of his story was built around a cat with Dracula–like superpowers. When the Color-Killer Cat entered a room, he drained everything in it of color.
In his story, the cat was pictured with the expected colors representing mayhem and evil: coal-black fur with burning red eyes. My grandson may not yet understand the symbolism of particular colors, but choosing black for the cat with color absorption powers was perfect.
In very condensed scientific terms, color is a product of each variable wavelength of visible light that stimulates the photoreceptor cells in the human eye. Each color of the spectrum has its own specific, measurable wavelength except for black and white. The color black is actually produced by the absorption of all available light wavelengths, projecting darkness our eyes perceive as a pigment. The color white is also a visual phenomenon. But unlike black, it reflects rather than absorbs light from surrounding color wavelengths, creating a brightness seen by the eye as the color white.
God first made the flora and the fauna of the earth, but then went on to create humans with their truly marvelous eyes, capable of differentiating between every tint and hue. With His divine paintbrush and color palette, God painted the earth, above and below, with an unmatched array of colors for us humans to enjoy. When I visit aquariums, I am beyond amazed at the sea creatures with their full spectrum of colors; brilliant reds, blues, and yellows, some even luminescent. They live in waters of turquoise and midnight blue. The sheer number of the shades of green in a forest defies tabulation. On many days of the year in Southern California, we witness the striations of the fuchsia-tangerine glow of sunrise and sunset when earth and sky meet at the horizon. And then in the vast expanse of the night sky, God placed an orb of yellow luminosity so bright; it outshines the stars and beams down illuminating moonlight much like a lantern in the dark.
Psalm 104:1-2 says: "You are clothed with splendor and majesty; The Lord wraps Himself in light as with a garment" (NIV). 1 This verse is just one of many in the Bible that describes the vision of God the Father and Jesus the Son radiating white-hot light from both their garment and their countenance. The reflective color portraying the essence of God's purity and holiness originates from a totality of all of the imagined colors that He alone created. It testifies to His genius.
I John 1:5 says, "This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light and in Him, there is no darkness at all" (ESV).2 This means there is not an iota of darkness in the blinding light of God's presence. How fitting that the Supreme Artist responsible for everything vibrant and beautiful should be glorified in this way!
My sincere hope is that my imaginative grandson develops the ability to discern the difference between false enlightenment and the spiritual truth that arises from the eternal source of light and wisdom. I want him to worship the God that embodies all things good and to easily recognize evil so that he can keep the "bad cats" out of his life.
I'm also going to be on the lookout for those color-killer cats; you know, the ones that take the joy out of living; those sneaky black cats that skulk into the room and drain the happy orange and pink colors of laughter or the serene, peaceful hues of blue and green from our souls. I can confine or release those cats by my reaction to the stressors and struggles in my life.
I'm convinced that the best way to strengthen my resistance to depressing thoughts or melancholy is to stay in close fellowship with Jesus, who offers His supernatural power to dispel dark thoughts. His word promises that He will bring peace and the color of joy into our lives.
*Addendum to the story: When I begin to glow in happy neon colors, you will know that all of my cats are back in the bag.
1. Holy Bible, New International Version NIV Copyright C1973, 1978,1984,2011 by Biblica, Inc. Colorado Springs, Colorado 80921.
2. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Wheaton, Illinois 60187, U.S.A.
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